Patrick Brown practices in the fields of land use, planning, zoning and historic preservation; real estate development, acquisition and financing; legislative and municipal affairs; administrative litigation; and real estate tax appeals in the District of Columbia. Since 1987, Mr. Brown has successfully completed projects in all eight Wards of D.C., involving commercial, residential, industrial, hospitality, educational, institutional, D.C. government and foreign government projects. He regularly represents clients before the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), D.C. Zoning Commission, U. S. Commission of Fine Arts and Old Georgetown Board, National Capital Planning Commission, D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation, D.C. City Council, D.C. Court of Appeals, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals, D.C. Public Space Committee, virtually every Advisory Neighborhood Commission, and countless local and civic organizations. Mr. Brown also has extensive experience in handling complex legal issues involved in the sale, purchase and use of real property in the United States by foreign governments for diplomatic and commercial purposes.
Mr. Brown has successfully represented clients in numerous substantial land use matters in D.C., including: Wesley Theological Seminary of the United Methodist Church in obtaining Zoning Commission approval for its first Campus Plan; W.C. & A.N. Miller Development Company in obtaining BZA and other approvals for completion of the Spring Valley West Residential and Commercial development, including 164 single-family detached dwellings and five commercial buildings; Crate & Barrel in obtaining HRPB approval for the adaptive redevelopment of the former Garfinkel’s department store in the Spring Valley neighborhood of D.C.; District of Columbia Government in obtaining BZA approval for the construction of an eighty-bed youth detention facility; and numerous successful BZA appeals of D.C. zoning determinations, including obtaining a temporary restraining order from the BZA blocking imminent enforcement action by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
Mr. Brown served as an Officer with the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1988 to 2000.